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New Health Sciences Center Enhances Student Learning Experiences

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Students studying nursing, MRI diagnostics and other healthcare roles will soon learn in an innovative new space, with the opening of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Health Sciences Center ) in September.

The new space will support students from 32 healthcare programs and include classrooms that enhance learning by simulating real healthcare settings.

“The BCIT Health Sciences Center has been designed to meet the needs of students today and for years to come,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Higher Education and Skills Training. “We put people first by increasing and improving the spaces and programs they need to advance their careers. We make sure to produce well-trained nurses and health care professionals who are ready to meet the health care needs of British Columbians.

The center will enhance the learning and study experience for more than 6,000 part-time and full-time health science students at BCIT, including those pursuing careers in diagnostic medical imaging and laboratory science medical. It offers simulations that replicate hospital, clinical, and laboratory workflows, and includes living labs, simulation labs, and multi-purpose rooms.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health science professionals working in hospitals, acute care, long-term care and community health centers to provide all levels of health care, including including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, have ensured that British Columbians have access to the quality care they need and deserve,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “BCIT’s new Health Sciences Center will provide hands-on, on-the-job learning environments so students can have the best training possible to provide the care people rely on.

The province has invested $66.6 million in the $88.2 million project.

“As we have all seen over the past few years, health care professionals are integral to the well-being of all British Columbians and are the cornerstone of our province’s economic and social well-being,” said said Kathy Kinloch, President, BCIT. “BCIT’s new Health Sciences Center is a critical investment in our ability to train, empower and deliver the graduates the province needs. In these innovative teaching and learning spaces, BCIT faculty and staff will train the next generation of specialist nurses, medical radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and more with the practical skills they need.

The four-story, 10,355-square-meter (111,460-square-foot) low-carbon building, including parking, is aiming for WELL Gold certification, in line with the province’s CleanBC goals to reduce business carbon footprints. WELL certification means that owners and occupants can be confident that their spaces are specifically designed to improve human health and well-being.

In Budget 2021, the Province committed to investing $96 million over three years to support the expansion of post-secondary education and health workforce training capacity. BCIT’s new space supports the province’s work to provide students with educational opportunities to enter the healthcare system, including training and hiring healthcare workers by expanding seats across the of the province for the training of health auxiliaries, nurses and orderlies.

Learn more:

To learn more about the BCIT Health Sciences Centre, visit: https://www.bcit.ca/campus-plan/health-sciences-centre/

For more information on health science programs at BCIT, visit: https://www.bcit.ca/path/health/

Two information documents follow.